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Knock-knock knocking on donors’ doors

Donors. For me, the word evokes a feeling of walking around in your city and all of a sudden you step into this huge, cavernous building. Well at least before  the Agropolis Foundation that was the image I had in mind. It was only when I was appointed to join the Foundation that I saw the human face of it. I… Continue reading Knock-knock knocking on donors’ doors

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Is GCARD2 addressing smallholders’ real problems?

In one of yesterday’s parallel sessions at the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2), a crucial issue was raised: land access to smallholder farmers. “We are dealing with smallholders but sometimes even with super-smallholders!” one of the participants said. In the eyes of some participants, the GCARD2 is a very “big” conference.… Continue reading Is GCARD2 addressing smallholders’ real problems?

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North-South and South-South collective actions: Where is the place of youth?

A group of 5 panelists from Uganda, Brazil, Senegal and Europe presented today, on Day 1 of the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development, their experiences of collaborations between North-South countries and South-South countries (referring to research exchanges between the different hemispheres). But though the examples given were brilliant, the audience left unsatisfied.… Continue reading North-South and South-South collective actions: Where is the place of youth?